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NEMF Foray, August 9 - 12, 2007

At the University of Maine, Orono Campus

Welcome to the 13th Annual Samuel Ristich Foray

This year’s foray will be held in Orono, Maine, on the University of Maine campus.
Your host will be the Maine Mycological Association, Inc.


The spruce, pine and deciduous forests with streams, rivers and bogs around Orono provide diverse habitats for finding mycological treasures. There is a wide range of recreational opportunities around Orono for you and your family to enjoy. Activities you can delight in within an hour of Orono are golfing, fly fishing, white water rafting, canoeing, kayaking, and visiting the Maine Discovery Children’s Museum in Bangor and various museums on campus. There is shopping nearby in Bangor, Ellsworth, Belfast and Portland (all have interesting galleries, shops and restaurants) or Freeport (home of L.L. Bean and numerous outlet stores).  Other natural attractions you may wish to explore within easy distance include Acadia National Park, Bar Harbor, Moosehead Lake, and Baxter State Park with Mount Katahdin and the Appalachian Trail. If you wish to extend your visit, the Humboldt Field Research Institute (www.eaglehill.us), about 2 hours from Orono on the coast, will have a course given by Rosalind Lowen,  Lawrence Leonard, and Edward Bosman called “Mushrooms for Naturalists’ from August 12 to 18, and the American Folk Festival (www.americanfolkfestival.com) will be held in Bangor from Aug. 24 to 26th.

-- Seanna Annis, Foray & Program Chair

With an irrestible picture show, Prof. Annis is inviting you -- rsvp with your registration form.

Registration form and description of accommodations -- this needs Acrobat Reader to view and print  (a free download) -- Menu bottom

·        Accommodations at the university are dormitory rooms with twin beds, and bed linens and towels are provided.  Shared bathrooms are on each floor and are designated male or female.  Most rooms are double occupancy.  There is a maximum of 3 people per room; and this includes small children.  The “third person” option on the registration form includes a mattress, linens and all meals.  Some single and handicapped-accessible rooms are available.   Each residence has laundry facilities in the basement and vending machines. Lounges are centrally located in the dorms for informal community interaction. There is no air conditioning, so you may want to bring a fan.  In August, the temperatures in Orono range from 58 F at night to 78 F in the day.  Meals will be cafeteria style, except for the banquet, and there will be vegetarian choices available at all meals.

·        Alcohol is prohibited in all common areas on University of Maine property. Certain areas in residence halls and other facilities may be designated for an event with alcohol for people 21 years of age and over. Recreational drug use is prohibited. Pets are not allowed, nor is smoking inside any building.

·        If you do not want to stay on campus, you will need to make your own reservations at local hotels and register as a commuter.  There are two hotels within 5 minutes drive of campus: University Inn Academic Suites (800-321-4921) and Best Western Black Bear Inn (800-528-1234).

·        The campus is located off of Hwy I-95 (exit 191 or 193) and is within 4 hours driving distance from Boston and 6 hours from Montreal, Quebec City or Burlington, Vermont.  Bangor International Airport (BGR) has flights from most national airlines and is approximately 10 minutes from campus.  Concord Trailways and Greyhound bus services have terminals in Bangor approximately 10 minutes from campus.

·        Early registration is up to July 13, after that date a fee of $30 per person will be charged.

·        For cancellations received up to July 20, we will refund all fees minus $30 per person; after that date, no refunds will be given.

·        Questions: By email to Marie Murray mariemur@juno.com, by phone at 207-353-9743

           or to Marcia Leonard  lleonar1@maine.rr.com, by phone 207-781-2426.

Walk Descriptions:

The Orono, Maine area has a good variety of forests that have produced bountiful and diverse mushrooms in the past. There are great stands of fir, spruce, pine and hemlock and most foray sites also have mixtures of oak, birch, beech and ash. All foray sites have streams and wet spots that should produce fungi even if the weather has been dry. You might want to bring boots as one foray will be in a bog where we hope to find some unusual specimens.

Most half-day walks are located close to the University campus so that there will be no more than a twenty minute bus ride to get to the sites.  We will have two "all day" excursions, with one at a site close to the ocean near Ellsworth. The majority of the sites have marked trails that are easy walks.

Pictures of U of Maine and Bangor habitats:


Foray & Program Chair
Faculty Chair         
Walks Chair
Collection Sorting
Mycological Exhibits
NEMF Recorder
NEMF Database Manager
Socials, Mycophagy, Awards
Art Display / Logo
Seanna Annis -- contact sannis@maine.edu
Marie Murray & Marcia Leonard -- any questions? contact mariemur@juno.com / phone 207-353-9743
or  lleonar1@maine.rr.com / phone 207-781-2426
Hal Bonner & Eric von Magnus
Cheryl St. Pierre
Sam Ristich (Honorable Chair), John & Kim Plischke III
Walter Rode & Kendra Bavor
Dorothy Smullen
Gene Yetter
Andrew Norton -- contact cherandi@gwi.net  / 207 725-4875
Micheline Mulvay & Greg Marley
Martha Gottlieb
Peter Bohman


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last revised February 24, 2007